Crimson Wave Athletics
Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394
The Crimson Wave men’s team finished 3rd overall and the ladies finished 7th overall in a highly competitive field.
The Crimson Wave’s meet was highlighted by Matt Stewart earning a trip to the 2015 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships after hitting the “B” standard in the high jump with a jump of 6’8. Stewart’s jump was also good enough to win the meet. " Matt has been so close to the qualifying standard for several weeks now, so I was thrilled when she jumped 2.03 meters. He is very passionate about high jump and has been working hard to qualify for the national meet. We are going to keep working hard and anticipate him doing great things in 3 weeks." Said Head Coach Rachel Luehrs
Phil Thompson won the triple jump with a jump of 48’10. Thompson qualified for the 2015 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier in the season. " I am very proud of Phillip and his conference win. He had very tough back to back events with long jump and triple jump. His hard work and dedication to the team throughout this season has been outstanding and I am glad he was awarded with a conference championship win. His is looking very strong heading into the triple jump at the national event. " Said Luehrs
Dwayne Dixon took a 3rd place finish in the 100m dash while 4x100 and 4x400 relay team finished 2nd and 3rd place.
Kimberly Bigbie took 6th place in the 100 m dash and Olivia Askew took 6th in the 200m dash. Zhane Nolan grabbed a 5th place finish for the ladies in the 100m hurdles.
Stewart, Thompson and Dixon all earned All-Conference honors with their performances. Blake Wallace, Joey Curtis, Aaron Murray and Dwayne Dickson earned All-Conference Honors for their finish in the 4x100 relay. Curtis Murray and Dickson earned All-Conference Honors in the 4x400 as well, along with Lathen Bendheim.
" I am extremely proud of how our men's and women's teams performed at the conference championship. The men's 3rd place finish was the best in school history and the women's 7th place finish was a good effort against very competitive and large programs. The success of both teams at this championship meet shows how hard they worked all season. We had the goal to walk into conference with our best foot forward and to improve on our results from past years, and we did just that. Exciting things to come for the crimson wave in future seasons. " Said Luehrs
Zhane Nolan place 3rd in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.76. In the 100m dash, Joey Curtis placed 2nd with a time of 11.03 seconds, Dawayne Dickson placed 5th with 11.07 seconds. Hector Lopez placed 2nd in the 5K running 16:40.17
The men’s 4x100m relay placed 2nd overall, breaking their own school record. They ran 42.84 seconds. The men’s 4x800m relay won the meet running 8:19.01. Matt Stewart placed 2nd in High Jump 2.00 m
“I am very proud of how both our men’s and women’s teams performed on Saturday. We are right where we need to be with our times and marks for this point in the season. I am excited to see our performances this weekend at the Crusader Invite as we have one last tune-up before the conference championship,” said Coach Luehrs.
The men will return to action on Saturday when they compete in the Crusader Invitational hosted by Valparaiso University.
“Phillip did a great job this past Saturday in the triple jump. He hit the ‘A’ standard qualifying mark for the outdoor national meet at our first outdoor meet of the season. I was very pleased that he hit the standard this early on in the season so that the pressure to qualify is off and we can just focus on improving his mark heading into the national championships,” said Coach Luehrs.
CCSJ will return to action on Saturday when they compete in the Cougar Invitational.